I don’t pretend to be an expert on prayer. Studies and books have been written for centuries on this topic and I can’t expound any better than that!
However, I want to share a few reasons why I pray.
I’ve journaled in a blank book for several years when I’m studying a topic or reading the Bible. I started it to record verses I could pray for my husband.
Then I found verses to pray about myself–more than I found for him by the way. I also found verses to pray for my son.
I love looking back at these and seeing how much the Lord has taught me and how much it still applies to my life.
1. God’s grace is sufficient.
2. God is bigger than anything I face.
3. God knows how the situation will end. If I rely on him through prayer, it allows him to control my life. He doesn’t make mistakes.
4. God is absolute truth in the middle of deceit and denial. He keeps the real records in heaven.
5. Prayer melts stony hearts.
6. God is always awake. I can go to him at any time of day or night.
7. Prayer admits I can’t do this myself.
8. Prayer gives me God’s wisdom for the situation.
9. I can ask God what to pray for.
10. Prayer is a piece of the “armor of God”. Praying Scripture is a part of the shield. Ephesians 6.
11. Ultimately prayer is faith in God.
1. a “Dear Santa” letter.
2. manipulating God.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but here are a few resources I’ve learned from.
What Happens When Women Pray by Evelyn Christenson–all her books on prayer are wonderful.
Lord Teach Me To Pray Kay Arthur
The Power of A Praying Wife Stormie Omartian
How To Pray When You Don’t Know What To Say Elmer Towns (I haven’t read this one but it looks really good!)
Too Busy Not To Pray Bill Hybels